chapter  5
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‘Chaos’ and ‘Order’: Preto, Salazar and Charismatic Appeal in Inter-war Portugal António Costa Pinto

This excessive praise for Antonio Salazar by a priest may express the classic triangle of a charismatic juncture, yet it dates from a moment in which Salazar was already leader of the Portuguese dictatorship and was driving forward with the institutionalisation of the Estado Novo (New State). The takeover of power by Salazar transpired in the elitist context of a crisis within the military dictatorship; nevertheless, it provides us with an interesting example of a post hoc utilisation of some of the characteristic processes that are associated with charismatic leadership.2